A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 7, 1958

THE Air Force KC-135 jet tanker that crashed at Massachusetts' Westover Air Base last week (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) took with it James Lukens McConaughy Jr., 42, chief of TIME-LIFE Washington Bureau since August, 1957, one of the most respected correspondents in the capital.

A journalist was all that big, slow-talking, prematurely grey Jim McConaughy ever wanted to be. Son of James Lukens McConaughy, president of Wesleyan University and Connecticut's Republican Governor from 1946 to 1948, Jim got a job with the Hartford Times while still at Wesleyan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In 1938 he came to TIME and asked for...